Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES
have been teasing new material over the past couple of days, with some rather cryptic
posts appearing on their social media. The group drastically eradicated any prior content before adding the teasers, heralding a new era for the band and, likely, the forthcoming announcement of a new album. "Get Out" is the first original material from the group in two years, though they popped up last year to cover "Call It Off" for Tegan & Sara's ten year anniversary of The Con
"Get Out" is typical CHVRCHES in many ways, the sparkling synths and Lauren Mayberry's soaring vocal delivery, but it's actually something of a departure in terms of the creative process. Prior to this, the group self-produced their own material, but for this new era they've recruited 2017 and 2018 Grammy Producer of the Year Greg Kurstin to fine tune their sound. Kurstin is known for his work with the likes of Adele and Sia, so it's no surprise that this is the poppiest offering yet from CHVRCHES. It still pulses and ebbs like the band's older material, but the lyrically repetitious chorus is probably the most straightforward pop segment they've done.
The video is striking, a kaleidoscopic CCTV grid showing nine bluish-purple feeds. We get a look inside a recording studio, a bar, and a dingy bathroom where vocalist Lauren Mayberry draws a heart on a mirror, before putting an x through it. The highlight of the video, however, is a little cameo from The National's Matt Berninger, who tapes a sheet inscribed with "Friend or Foe?", along with a phone number, to a lamppost. Apparently, if you ring the number you'll hear what sounds like Lauren Mayberry reading out some lyrics.
It's a much-welcomed return for CHVRCHES who look to be pushing their trademark sound in a more pop-oriented direction. There's been no official announcement regarding a new LP just yet, but you can catch the trio performing at the Governors Ball in NYC on Sunday, June 3rd.
Watch our full concert with CHVRCHES at Central Park Summerstage: